These two images are the result of a quick visit to Loch Achaidh na h-Inich on my way home from the shop this afternoon. I usually maintain a list of all the bird species I have seen each year, starting afresh in January, so I wanted to add Goldeneye to my list as they don't breed here but are regular winter visitors to the loch. On my way along the shore road I spotted this little dipper diving in the water at the edge of the loch. I managed to stop, wind down the window and get the camera from the back seat without it flying off. I grabbed a few shots before another car came along and disturbed things, this being the best shot. I love these little birds with their constant dipping motion that gives them their name.
I drove along to the end of the track and turned to head back and captured the following shot of a male Goldeneye on the loch. It was a bit of a distance away, but with the long lens I managed to get a decent, and resonably sharp image, probably my best Goldeneye shot yet.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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